Local students witnessed GOES-R launch

KUSA - Several students from Cherry Creek High School witnessed history late last month when NASA launched the GOES-R satellite.

Dr. Clyde Oakley, who teaches at the high school is friends with NASA engineer Brent Motz. He's also a volunteer at the high school and invited Dr. Clyde and several students to the launch on November 19 in Cape Canaveral.

The launch of the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES-R) weather satellite was originally scheduled in October but it was delayed by Hurricane Matthew.

It finally launched at the very end its launch window on November 19.

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In addition to witnesses the launch, the students were able to visit the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex where they saw many historic rockets including the huge Saturn V which carried the Apollo astronauts to the moon, and the Space Shuttle Atlantis.

 The group was allowed to ride in a shuttle take-off simulator.

 Motz was hired by NASA several years ago and has been NASA’s representative at Lockheed Martin where he worked on the GOES-R space satellite.

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